Malygos Druid Deck List Guide (Rastakhan's Rumble January 2019)
This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Malygos Druid in The Rastakhan's Rumble expansion.
The Malygos Druid archetype has existed in multiple forms throughout the history of Hearthstone. While the tools in the deck may have changed between each version of the deck, the overall strategy has remained the same, which is to use Malygos in combination with cheap spells like Moonfire to create huge burst-damage combos.
The December balance patch affecting Wild Growth and Nourish greatly hindered the ability of Malygos Druid. The deck is much weaker than it once was, but with no suitable replacements available, the deck list remains the same.
1. Malygos Druid Card List
This Malygos Druid deck costs 13,260 and it is made up of the following cards.
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2. Malygos Druid Mana Curve
3. Malygos Druid Mulligan Guide
Malygos Druid uses a combination of Druid Ramp and Control tools to rapidly cycle through through its deck in order to assemble a game-winning combo as quickly as possible. The Mulligan for the deck will often focus on trying to get you on that path as quickly as possible.
Against Aggro decks, you can retain Lesser Jasper Spellstone as an early-game removal option.
4. Malygos Druid Strategy
For your early-game turns, your primary aim is to draw cards and gain Mana as efficiently as possible to allow you to quickly reach the late game. The most important tool for achieving this is Wild Growth and you will almost always want to play it when possible. If you have access to The Coin, you should carefully consider your future turns before playing Wild Growth. If you have a smooth curve of plays, such as Ferocious Howl, Branching Paths, and Nourish, then you can freely coin out Wild Growth. However, if you are likely to have a future turn where you have no solid play, you should instead save The Coin for a later turn. As the deck runs a very specific subset of proactive early-game cards, you will regularly have some free Mana, which can be used on cheap removal like Lesser Jasper Spellstone to keep your opponent's board in check.
As you start to reach the mid-game turns, you should start thinking about an efficient path through your upcoming turns. You should try and get a good mix of card draw and Mana acceleration to start assembling cards for a game-winning combo. The cards that will impact your planning the most are Nourish, Branching Paths, and Ultimate Infestation. In most scenarios, you will want to play Ultimate Infestation as soon as possible, taking full advantage of the card draw in addition to the tempo the cards offers. If you have it in your hand, you will also want to keep your hand-size lower to ensure you have room to draw 5 cards. Using the ability to gain Mana Crystals from Nourish is the best way to do this in addition to clearing out some cards that can be played for little or no Mana, like Lesser Jasper Spellstone. Branching Paths is one of the most flexible cards in the deck and you should carefully consider your options before using it. You should use the card draw effect in the mid game if you lack the solid card draw of Nourish. However, you will frequently not need the card draw, especially if you plan on playing Ultimate Infestation on a future turn. In this situation, it is better to simply hold the card or preemptively use it to gain additional Armor to prevent overdrawing cards in the near future. /p>
Though Malygos Druid is a proactive deck, you also have many cards at your disposal that can be used to stall your opponent, all with their own merits. As a general rule, you should aim to weave your defensive tools into your turns while not slowing down your overall strategy. The cheap core removal spell in the deck is Lesser Jasper Spellstone. It is a great tool for stalling opponents due to its low Mana Cost, but you should choose carefully when to use it. While waiting until you gain more Armor to upgrade the Spellstone to take out a bigger target can be beneficial, killing off a smaller target early, such as a Flame Imp, will often prevent more damage in the long run. Against wide boards, you have the option of using Mind Control Tech, Swipe, and Spreading Plague. Your first priority should be Spreading Plague which is a good fit for any board. Secondly, you can choose to use Mind Control Tech if your opponent has at least 4 minions and you are not under too much pressure due the situational requirement of the card. If none of the previous options are available, you can consider using Swipe to control the board. Swipe and Mind Control Tech can also be additionally used as a follow-up to Spreading Plague to maximise the number of Scarabs spawned before clearing some of your opponent's minions. However, it can often be useful to save Swipe for later into the game, as it can offer huge amounts of value when combined with Malygos.
In order to win a large amount of your games, you will be required to equip, use, and destroy Twig of the World Tree in order to gain access to 10 additional Mana Crystals when it is destroyed. As the weapon has 5 durability, you should aim to equip it sooner rather than later to ensure you are ready to be able to use the final charge of the weapon to get the additional Mana to end the game. However, it should be noted that there is a drawback to equipping the weapon too soon. The Shapeshift Hero Power gives your Hero an additional Attack point to attack with and attacking with your Hero Power will also use up a charge of your weapon. As you should be saving the last charge of your weapon to end the game, reaching 1 durability too soon will effectively prevent you from attacking with your Hero Power for the rest of the game.
After you have drawn a sizable chunk of your deck, you can start looking for ways to close out the game. The most important card you should be looking out for is Twig of the World Tree and you should aim to equip it and start attacking with it as soon as possible once you are looking for ways to finish the game. With your weapon equipped, the essential card you require is Malygos in order to assemble a large burst damage combo. From here you can play Malygos, use the last charge of your weapon to refresh your Mana and proceed to use a combination of Moonfires and Swipes to burst down your opponent. If you have Flobbidinous Floop available in hand, you may also optionally play it to gain a second copy of Malygos to boost the damage of your spells even further. An alternative line of play for situations where your opponent destroys your weapon, or your simply draw it too late into the game, you can take is to just play Malygos with Flobbidinous Floop in hand. While it is very likely your opponent will remove it, it will allow you to play a 4 Mana 3/4 Malygos the following turn, which leaves a lot more room for it to be combined with Swipes and Moonfires. While this covers most of the combos available, there are still many more available due to the flexibility of the deck and you should always take note of the interactions you have available and how much burst damage you can potentially do at any one time.
5. Malygos Druid Card Swaps
6. Alternative Malygos Druid Decks
This section contains alternative Malygos Druid variants that can be used instead of the deck used in the main guide. The variants listed are still able to compete at Legend ranks but have some slight differences in how they are played.
6.1. Hybrid Druid
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This hybrid deck mixes together this strategy of Malygos Druid with Togwaggle Druid to offer the best of both worlds. The potency of the Malygos combo is much weaker in this variant without Alexstrasza, but the additional Mana can be used on Swipes instead for a strong burst combo. Against opponents that gain lots of Armor, the King Togwaggle combo can be used instead to fatigue opponents.
7. Budget Malygos Druid Deck
Budget Malygos Druid removes a few of the more expensive cards like Malfurion the Pestilent and Arcane Tyrant for players on a budget. However, some key cards like Twig of the World Tree, Faceless Manipulator, and Ultimate Infestation have remained in the deck due to being key to its functionality, despite their higher crafting cost.
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As this budget variant cuts some of the deck's defensive tools, the Oaken Summons and Ironwood Golem combo is added into the deck as a substitute. Additionally, Dreampetal Florists are used to make up for the lack of Flobbidinous Floop.
8. Wild Malygos Druid Deck
If you wish to play Malygos Druid in Hearthstone's Wild format, there are many extra tools that you have at your disposal. A general deck you can play in the Wild format is shown below.
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In the Wild format, you have access to the extremely powerful combo of Kun the Forgotten King and Aviana in place of Twig of the World Tree. The deck also uses Living Roots for an additional cheap spell to make combos much easier to pull off. Overall, the Wild variant of the deck is significantly more flexible with many more combinations that can burst down opponents.
9. Quick Tips and Tricks
- Burst down your opponents using a combination of Malygos, Flobbidinous Floop, Swipe, and Moonfire.
- Try and plan your card draw and ramp several turns ahead to ensure you do not overdraw with Ultimate Infestation.
- Remember to equip your Twig of the World Tree many turns in advance so it is readily available for your combo.
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- 01 Jan. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the January play season.
- 23 Dec. 2018: Deck has been reviewed following December balance patch.
- 04 Dec. 2018: Deck has been reviewed for the Rastakhan's Rumble expansion.
- 05 Nov. 2018: Decklist updated following October balance patch. Removed 2x Giggling Inventor for 1x Mind Control Tech, 1x Dreampetal Florist.
- 01 Oct. 2018: Deck has been reviewed for the October play season.
- 01 Sep. 2018: Deck updated for the September play season. Removed 1x Floop's Glorious Gloop, 1x Juicy Psychmelon, 1x Starfall, 1x Dreampetal Florist, 2x Biology Project, 2x Wrath for 1x Alexstrasza, 1x Twig of the World Tree, 2x Giggling Inventor, 2x Arcane Tyrant
- 07 Aug. 2018: Guide updated for The Boomsday Expansion. Removed 2x Arcane Tyrant, 2x Faceless Manipulator, 1x Innervate, 1x Twig of the World Tree for 2x Biology Project, 1x Flobiddonous Floop, 1x Floop's Glorious Goop, 1x Juicy Psychmelon, 1x Dreampetal Florist.
- 01 Jul. 2018: Deck has been reviewed for the July play season.
- 15 Jun. 2018: Togwaggle variant added.
- 12 Jun. 2018: Added Dragon Druid to similar decks.
- 04 Jun. 2018: Deck added.
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